Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (front) speaks before ambassadors and diplomats observing Ramadan from 38 countries and regions, at his office in Tokyo .
Tokyo, 15 Ramadan 1438/10 June 2017 (MINA) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted Friday an “iftar” dinner party at his office in Tokyo, inviting ambassadors and diplomats observing Ramadan from 38 countries and regions.
Citing the Foreign Ministry, japantoday.com reported that Abe told his guests that the spirit of Islam is in common with the values held dear by Japanese people.
Iftar is the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset to break their daily fast during Ramadan, which this year is roughly a one-month period from May 27.
Iftar dinners have been held at the prime minister’s office almost every year since Junichiro Koizumi hosted one in 2005. (T/RS5/RS1)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)